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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey October 23, 2020, Potential Terrorist Attacks against US Citizens and Foreigners in Turkey

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Event: The U.S. Mission in Turkey has received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against U.S. citizens and foreign nationals in Istanbul, including against the U.S. Consulate General, as well as potentially other locations in Turkey.  U.S. citizens are advised to exercise heightened caution in locations where Americans or foreigners may gather, including large office buildings or shopping malls. 

All American Citizen and visa services at U.S. Mission in Turkey’s facilities (including U.S. Embassy-Ankara, U.S. Consulate General-Istanbul, U.S. Consulate-Adana, and the U.S. Consular Agency-Izmir) will be temporarily suspended.   Individuals with scheduled appointments will be notified by email with instructions on how to reschedule their appointments. 

Actions to Take: 

·         Exercise caution and remain vigilant.

·         Avoid crowds.  

·         Keep a low profile. 

·         Be aware of your surroundings. 

·         Stay alert in locations frequented by foreigners.  

·         Monitor local media for updates. 


·         U.S. Embassy, Ankara  



·         U.S. Consulate General, Istanbul 



·         U.S. Consulate, Adana 



·         U.S. Consular Agency, Izmir 

     [email protected] 

·         State Department – Consular Affairs 

     1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444  

·         Turkey’s Travel Advisory

·         Turkey’s Country Page 

·         Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts  

·         Follow the Department of State on Twitter and Facebook 

·         Mission Turkey’s website and social media accounts: 

     Embassy Ankara: Twitter and Facebook 

     Consulate General Istanbul: Twitter and Facebook 

     Consulate Adana: Facebook 


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